The Threats: Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation
- Adversaries who produce propaganda disseminate misleading, deceptive, or inaccurate information with the intent to sway consumers’ beliefs, opinions, and perceptions.
- Actors who disseminate information they know to be inaccurate are engaging in disinformation campaigns, whereas actors who spread false information, but do not demonstrate a clear intention to mislead, are spreading misinformation.
- For detailed information about the threats we counter and the importance of our work, see the Special Envoy and Coordinator for the Global Engagement Center Lea Gabrielle’s March 2020 testimony before Congress.
Defending Against the Threats
- Identify, assess, and categorize novel technologies in this field.
- Match technologies to the most timely and acute needs of the U.S. government.
- Maintain a technology portal for testing and assessing these tools and technologies.
- Broker constructive engagements between the U.S. government and the tech sector to identify, expose, and defend against foreign propaganda and disinformation.
February 20, 2020
TrendMicro and Cyabra Win U.S.-Taiwan Tech Challenge
Our adversaries are using disinformation to sow discord and undermine our democracy, our social cohesion, and our belief in basic facts. The U.S.-Taiwan Tech Challenge and the solutions from the winners are exactly the type of collective initiatives we need to advance our work to counter propaganda and disinformation globally.Lea GabrielleGEC Special Envoy
The 2020 U.S.-Taiwan Tech Challenge was part of a global series of events led by the GEC/TET and was held in partnership with the American Institute in Taiwan with organizational support from Park Advisors and Institute for Information Industry. The Tech Challenge invited technologists from across East Asia Pacific to showcase their innovative solutions to counter propaganda and disinformation.
During the two-day Tech Challenge, the technologists participated in competitive demonstrations, and leading tech companies, NGOs, and media engaged in a series of presentations and panels to highlight challenges and new approaches in countering propaganda and disinformation. The GEC’s Principal Deputy Coordinator Daniel Kimmage awarded Trend Micro and Cyabra, the winners of the competition, with a $250,000 shared sub-grant to advance the development of cutting-edge technology to combat propaganda and disinformation online.
TrendMicro is a multinational cyber security and defense company with a location in Taiwan that demonstrated “Dr. Message,” a free detection tool that helps identify disinformation in text, URLs, and photos on specific messaging apps, in addition to providing other cybersecurity protection. Cyabra is an Israeli-based company focused specifically on countering disinformation. Cyabra demonstrated its software-as-a-service platform that detects malicious or fake actors and identifies visual content manipulations across major social media platforms. Of the $250,000 award, TrendMicro will receive $175,000 and Cyabra will receive $75,000.
For further information about the U.S.-Taiwan Tech Challenge, please email: TaiwanTechChallenge@disinfocloud.com.